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St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

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Referred to as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral is the city's principal place of worship. Located on the Royal Mile, the cathedral is an iconic landmark in the Edinburgh skyline. Much of the current building was restored in the 19th century, but the four pillars in the center are thought to date back to 1124. Chapels, called aisles, were built around the pillars and extended out on all sides. This unique arrangement coupled with the vaulted ceilings and vibrant stained glass give the cathedral a timelessness. By using our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning app, you can arrange your visit to St Giles' Cathedral and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • You can walk around this Gothic Cathedral and see it in about 10 or 15 minutes or so. It’s a beautiful old church. It’s also free to enter. 
    You can walk around this Gothic Cathedral and see it in about 10 or 15 minutes or so. It’s a beautiful old church. It’s also free to enter.  more »
  • The cathedral is located in the center of the Old Town. It us free to walk in although they have containers suggesting putting in a 5 pound donation. The stain glass windows are very beautiful and... 
    The cathedral is located in the center of the Old Town. It us free to walk in although they have containers suggesting putting in a 5 pound donation. The stain glass windows are very beautiful and...  more »
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  • My group and I wandered around Edinburgh and happened upon this church right as their weekday noon service was starting. It was brief: two Scripture readings, an extended prayer time, with the service wrapping up with The Lord's Prayer. It's a really neat idea to have a brief service in a tourist spot, so all kinds of people can experience this kind of worship service. The interior is beautiful and very peaceful.
  • An awesome building with many memorials to the medical profession. Some beautiful stained glass windows. A wonderful feeling of peace. Admission is free, as they rely on donations. Give freely.

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